January 30, 2019
US agriculture lobby presses for more flexibility and access to post-Brexit UK
In light of Brexit in March, US lobby groups for agriculture are seeking for an updated trade deal in which UK standards would align closer to those of the US, the BBC reported.
These changes would include permitting the sales of growth hormone-fed beef in the US, a demand made by the US meat lobby. US farming groups believe a post-Brexit deal should entail the shift from EU regulations which involve rules governing genetically modified crops, antibiotics in meats, and pesticides and herbicides. US agricultural companies, in fact, hoped post-Brexit access to the UK would become more flexible than the EU.
Currently, sales of growth hormone-fed beef are banned in both the UK and EU.
In addition, the lobbies also want US officials to seek lower tariffs on agricultural goods and limit geographic labelling rules.
So far, many of these groups are standing their ground for a deal that would adequately address demands by the US agricultural sector. The Animal Health Institute, a producer of animal antibiotic, is one of those organistions that stated it would not back an unfavourable deal.
"We have noted with concern statements by certain UK officials indicating a desire to exclude the agricultural sector from the negotiation and an intention of maintaining regulatory harmonisation with the European Union," the company said.
"Should the UK adopt such policies, we see little basis for the negotiation of a bilateral trade agreement."